School of Business and Economics


28 Sep 2017

SBE paper on entrepreneurial failure awarded Best Paper at BAM 2017 conference

Michelle Richey

Professor M.N. Ravishankar and Dr Michelle Richey won Best Paper Award at the British Academy of Management conference held on the 15th of September.

The awarded paper was entitled "Constructing failure: a frame analysis of entrepreneurial failure blogs", and explores how entrepreneurs talk about their failures in a way that supports alternative interpretations of what it means to fail, including failure as an adventure, an education and a death.

Professor M.N. Ravishankar heads the International Business, Strategy and Innovation (IBSI) Discipline Group in the School. He is an experienced field researcher and has studied and worked with a range of start-ups, multinational companies and public sector organisations globally. 

Dr Michelle Richey, a lecturer on the Technology and Entrepreneurship module, has keen research interests in social media use in organisations, entrepreneurial communication and the role of imagination in entrepreneurial processes.

Dr Richey said:

"We are delighted to accept the best paper award and to be given the opportunity to participate in a great discussion with other scholars exploring the impact of venture failure. We are continuing our work with organisations that support entrepreneurs who have experienced failure and will be particularly focusing on submitting our paper to an international journal in the coming weeks."

For a full read of their paper, click here.